CHRONICLE OF THE PAST AND PRESENT- HYDERABAD MUSEUMS
|In a city that is well known for
its past as much as it is known for its present
and will be known for its future, museums are the
landmarks that distinguishes Hyderabad's important
role . They rescue history from sinking into oblivion
and chronicle the present for the benefit of the
future. Each of these museums showcase a variety
of revered themes- art, culture, science, cinema,
literature et. al.
P. STATE MUSEUM
The A.P State Museum exhibits an exquisite
range of items that date back to the pre-historic
times. Established by the Nizam of Hyderabad
in 1930, this museum showcases the ancient
cultural heritage of this area.
The exhibits include 11th and 14th century miniature
paintings on palm leaf, Nepalese and Tibetan
artefacts, and the intricate Bidriware.
Some of the sculptures are as old as 2nd century
B.C. Other interesting exibits include ancient
gold ornaments unearthed from various excavations.
A visit to this museum is an absolute must, for
all those interested in history and its legacies.
And for others, it will surely be an enriching
and educating experience.
The museum is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
and is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Address: Public Gardens, Nampally,
Phone: 323 2267.
Contact Person: Ms. Noorjahan Begum (Curator)
CAPTION: house of history
The AP State Health Museum was established
in the year 1948 at Chikadpally, Hyderabad.
In the year 1952, it was shifted to the present
building in Public Gardens.
The objective of the museum is to create and
spread awareness about various health issues.
It has eighteen sectors related to various aspects
of health such as nutrition, food adulteration,
school health, family planning, sexually transmitted
disease, communicable diseases et al.
The museum has a staff comprising health officers,
supervisors, Anganwadi workers and trained
auxiliary nurses. These workers visit slum areas
to educate poor people at the Field Demonstration
Centres. The specimens displayed at the museum
are collected from various hospitals and are constantly
replaced by fresh ones. The museum also supplies
free contraceptive condoms and oral pills. Visiting
dignitaries from the World Health Organisation
(WHO) and other international organisations
have appreciated the valuable role played by this
Entry is free. The museum is open on all working
days between 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. On Sundays
and public holidays are the museum is closed.
Address: Public Gardens, Nampally,
Hyderabad- 500 001 , Phone: 465 6852/461
Contact Person: Mr. Meher Prasad
( Joint Director)
Built on the Naubat Pahad, close to the
Birla Temple, The Birla Science Centre comprises
of the Birla Planetarium and the Birla
The Birla Planetarium is one of the most
modern planetariums in the country. With equipment
imported from Japan, it is being developed
into a centre for the study of astronomy. Shows
are held daily in English, Hindi and Telugu. The
planetarium is open between 10.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
and is closed on the last Thursday of the month.
Also located in the vicinity is the Birls
Science Museum. This displays various exhibits
on different themes of science. The interactive
models are informative as well as entertaining.
The Science Museum is open from 10.30 a.m. to
8.15 p.m. It is closed on the last Tuesday of
Address: Naubat Pahad, Adarshnagar,
Phone: 324 1067
CAPTION: skywatch at the Birla Planetarium
JUNG MUSEUM - Single man's
collection adored by millions
The Salar Jung Museum houses a unique
collection of a single person Mir Yousuf Ali
Khan. Better known as Salar Jung III, he
was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad for a brief
period. A patron of literature, poetry and art,
Salarjung III was famous among the art and curio
dealers around the world. The museum, declared
as an 'institution of national importance'
by the Government of India in 1961, today attracts
nearly 10 lakh visitors every year.
The Salar Jung Museum has about 43,000 objects
of art, 9,000 manuscripts and 47,000 books on
varied subjects printed in different languages.The
objects of art include Persian carpets, Mughal
miniatures, European paintings, Chinese porcelain,
Japanese silk paintings, carpets, clocks and
walking sticks. Among the most well known
pieces are the Veiled Rebecca, an enchanting
marble statue of a woman seen through her veil,
and Marguerite and Mephistopheles, a
double figure wood carving.
The museum is open between 10 a. m. and 5 pm.
Closed on Fridays. Entry Fee - Rs. 10/-
Address: Near Afzalgunj Bus Stand,
Phone: 452 3211